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As a recent hobby of mine, I have been making many varieties of paracord bracelets. While searching for new knots, I stumbled across a knot called the double-tatted chain or 'seesaw' knot but with no instructions.

Here's how to tie it with a 5 3/8 side release fastex buckle.

Apologies for the sub-par pictures. I had trouble holding the camera steady and the knots tightly.
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Step 1: Materials

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1) Two 8-10 feet long lengths of paracord or any other type of cordage. Various colours available from

These can be two different colours if you like.

2) A side release buckle. 5 free samples are available from the ITW Nexus website or you may purchase them from Supply Captain.

3) A lighter or thread matching the colour of your cordage.


1) A knife or a pair of scissors

2)A needle

Step 2: Attaching the buckle

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To attach the side-release buckle, you're going to want to find the center point of your cordage and either push the two ends through the female end of the buckle, or put the loop formed by the mid-point through the buckle.

The thing that sets this bracelet apart from the others on Instructables is that you attach the male end after you finish the weave.

Repeat for the other length of paracord.

You should now have four strands of cord to work with.

Step 3: Beginning the weave

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The seesaw knot is essentially a series of half hitches on either side. If you're like me, that didn't make any sense.

You're going to want to take the left two strands, wrap them over the right two strands, and bring them back around under the right two strands, and through the loop formed by doing that.

Tighten, but not too much or the knots will begin to twist.

Do it on the other side.

So, here's what it looks like.

Step 4: Keep going!

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Keep working your way and push the knots up as you go.
pjgardens5 months ago

I'm new to paracording and I really like this bracelet but I'm not clear on the size of the buckle: 5 3/8. Could you please explain? Thanks.

poopsockk8 months ago

Per wrist inch, how much cord would I need? (my wrist is 7 inches, i need 2 ?3.5ft? sets of paracord?)

ekanowsky1 year ago
Very cool bracelet. What's this braid called?
barthie1 year ago
after you burn the ends how do you secure the paracord to keep it from coming loose?
Im going to have to try this. you did a great job on the instructable!
Matthew20002 years ago
Cool, thanks Metafire
razor71773 years ago
you got the right...'bout the molten anything on your body parts...". it hurts...BAD...By the way, nice instructable....
This looks really good. I'll have to make one. But the buckle looks like it would be uncomfortable since it is flat. Would it be better to use one of those curved ones?
Metafire (author)  LuminousObject5 years ago
Thanks! The flat buckle is not really a problem as it is so small. In the photos, it might look a tad big but I have extremely small wrists. But if you can find a curved buckle, go ahead and use it. It all depends on your wrist size and personal tastes.
I go through "The Buckle Runner" he has the one cell on each end in both the 3/8th and 5/8th inch buckles, which are the common sizes for braclets. They are curved and side releaseas well. Prices are really good too.
jamiec533 years ago
That picture is AMAZING! What camera have you got?
Choppings4 years ago
I love this braclet, Working on getting some paracord this weekend to try this. Thanks!
Outdoor_Guy4 years ago
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Metafire (author)  Outdoor_Guy4 years ago
When making paracord things, you tend to take longer as you're first learning the weave and dynamics of paracord, but after that, you're only limited by whatever weaves you can find.
Bradart4 years ago
Skeletool FTW
jlyman135 years ago
I prefer the wilson tactical 5/8 contoured buckles for comfort, they are really sturdy and not to expensive.
What buckle are you using?
Metafire (author)  lolnoobistink5 years ago
For that particular bracelet, I used a plain old side-release buckle I got from ITW Nexus' website. It isn't my favorite though, in both looks and comfort. The best buckles I've used so far were salvaged from my Dakine backpack, which were 1" Rock Lockster Original buckles. Much nicer look, and they're just the right size.
These are really cool but I was wondering where I could buy Paracord, on the internet or off of it?
i don't use paracord, i just use fashion cord fron wallmart.
Metafire (author)  instructables4ever5 years ago
For offline sources of paracord, try any army surplus store, sports outfitter store, or an Army Navy type store.

Some online sources are:

Any of these sources can supply you with military spec paracord.
lianebrbz95 years ago
Great idea! and easy for me!
Bernyk5 years ago
that is awesome, i've always liked these, but havent been that good with knots, but this one looks extremely easy and do-able for me =D thanks man!
Thank you very much Metafire.